Rudy Giuliani Knows a Thing or Two About Leadership

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At a press conference to announce his endorsement of Florida Republican Marco Rubio for the Senate, Rudy Giuliani took the time to slam President Obama once again for wavering on whether to hold a trial for the 9/11 plotters in civilian courts. "The president can't make up his mind," Giuliani said. "Do you understand what kind of lack of leadership that shows to the rest of the world?" We know! First Obama was for civilian trials for terrorists, and now he's reconsidering it after taking into account objections from New York City and New York State officials. What kind of leadership is that?

Well, sort of the same kind of leadership that the author of a book called Leadership showed in changing his mind about where to hold terror trials. Since everybody has read Leadership, we don't have to tell you that the person we speak of is Rudy Giuliani himself, who supported civilian trials for the culprits of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and said of the civilian trial of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui in 2006:

"I was in awe of our system. It does demonstrate that we can give people a fair trial, that we are exactly what we say we are. We are a nation of law ... I think he's going to be a symbol of American justice."


If Giuliani suddenly changes his mind, that's okay, because his prior positions were "a mistake," as he told CNN. But if Obama changes his mind on the exact same issue, that's a lack of leadership. Got it. Thanks for the leadership tips, Mayor Leadership.

Giuliani backs Rubio, rips into Obama [Political Ticker/CNN]